As we continue our series on what it looks like to have the faith like a little child that Jesus says receives the kingdom, we explore Jesus’ invitation to walk with a soul at rest with a light and easy yolk. In this week we see Jesus reveal that his relationship with the father is the model for us to learn from so that we too can walk with a light and easy yolk like he does.
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Childlike Faith: light and easy yolk, part 1
May 19th, 2013 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Mark 10:14-15, Matthew 11:25-30
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” –Jesus Mark 10:14-15
We often ignore the truth of this passage: unless you learn to ___________ your heart before God like a little child then you will not enter the kingdom of heaven: meaning you wont go to heaven in the __________ or see God’s power transform your life ________!
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do… Matthew 11:25-26
Jesus starts by claiming that there is two kinds of heart postures: people who think they are “wise and learned” and people who are like little children. And the result is very different: God is pleased to ____________ himself to the little children but he is ____________ from the “wise and learned.”
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30
The two types of heart postures produce very different fruit: Those who think themselves “wise and learned” will end up weary and heavy _____________. Those who live like little children will have rest for their souls and carry a ___________ and ___________ yolk.
How does Jesus know that living like a little child before God will bear good fruit? Because he is the _____________.
Jesus paints a contrast to the “wise and learned” by saying, “learn from me, like a little child I am gentle and ______________ in heart.”
Jesus wants to intentionally model for us how humans are made to live in relationship with God as a little child. For example, Jesus refers to himself as a child, a son, and says things like: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19
That is a radical claim of childlike _______________ on the father.
“Learn from me…” In other words: “I am ______________ for you a childlike heart, a gentle and humble heart, and the result is that you will find rest for your souls, a light yolk and easy burden.
If you feel weary and heavy burdened there is a good chance it is because you are living too much of life as a “wise and learned” person, _______________ on your own will and strength instead of living like a little child, like Jesus, who can say “I can’t do ______________ on my own.”
Jesus claims that in the midst of having arguably ________ responsibilities, pressure and persecutions than any other _________ being, he walked with a soul at _________ with light and easy burdens.
So how do we do that? What does it look like for Jesus to posture his heart like a little child that enables him to have a soul at rest and a light yolk and easy burden? How do we bring that into our own life? ….
We’ll find out next week in part 2.
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